SCH CD-HEARING OFFICERS
Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
Amends the School Code. Provides that a person must have a
minimum of 5 years of experience in cases involving labor and
employment relations between educational employers and educational
employees or their collective bargaining representatives in order to
be included on State Board of Education lists for service as a
prospective hearing officer in proceedings for the removal or
dismissal for cause of downstate teachers. Revises the procedure
under which hearing officers may be selected in such proceedings,
providing for a second list and for an alternative selection
procedure. Eliminates the $300 maximum per diem for a hearing officer
and also eliminates a requirement that the hearing be public if either
the teacher or school board request. Requires a hearing officer to
make a decision within 30 days from the conclusion of the hearing, and
adds provisions relative to removal of a hearing officer from the
master list of hearing officers and for rehearing of a case if a
hearing officer fails to render a timely decision. Effective
SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.
Changes the 5 year experience requirement for hearing officers
from experience "in cases involving" certain labor and employment
relations matters to experience "directly related to" those matters.
Deletes a proposal to eliminate the requirement of a written warning
before setting a hearing on charges if the teacher's conduct is crimi-
nal or injures or endangers the health and safety of students. Extends
until 30 days from the closure of the record (if that is later than 30
days after the conclusion of the hearing) the time by which a hearing
officer is to make a decision, and changes from not "less" than 24
months to not "more" than 24 months the period for which a hearing
officer, who without good cause fails to make a decision within the
applicable 30 days period, may have his or her name stricken from the
list of hearing officers. Provides that the failure of a hearing
officer to render a decision within a specified 3 month period must
be without good cause in order for the State Board of Education to
be required to provide the parties with a new list of prospective
hearing officers and in order for the name of the hearing officer to
be removed from the master list of hearing officers. Provides that
the changes made by the amendatory Act apply to hearings requested
after its effective date.
FISCAL NOTE (State Bd. of Ed.)
Estimated FY98 budget would need to be at least $385,000 if the
cap is lifted.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE (SBE)
No change from SBE fiscal note.
FISCAL NOTE, REVISED (State Bd. of Ed.)
No change from previous fiscal note.
STATE MANDATES FISCAL NOTE, REVISED (State Bd. of Ed.)
No change from previous State mandates note.
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0224
Last action date: 97-07-25
Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE - 0 SENATE - 1
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